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10 of the Worst Pregnancy Side Effects and How to Handle Them

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Wear soft, stretchy bras. At night, try a well-fitting tank or a soft sleep bra, Parents said.

7) Constipation

Once again the hormone progesterone is to blame by slowing food moving through your digestive tract. Constipation may get worse later in pregnancy due to the pressure of your growing uterus puts on your rectum.

Increase your fiber by eating foods such as fruits, raw vegetables, whole grains, nuts and dried fruits. Keep fluids intake high. Exercise helps lessen constipation. Safe stool softeners can be prescribed by your doctor, according to UCSF Medical Center.

8) Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids can be a little itchy or even somewhat painful. Sometimes they can cause rectal bleeding.

Eat more fiber and keep fluid intake high to prevent hemorrhoids. If they develop, anti-inflammatory creams and witch hazel pads are safe to use. Stool softeners are okay, but first consult your doctor.

9) Swollen Extremities

This is normal because you're retaining more water. During pregnancy your blood chemistry changes. This can push fluid into your tissue, said BabyCenter.

One remedy: elevate your feet and legs to improve circulation and reduce swelling.

10) Backache

Back pain can result when you shift your posture because you’re carrying extra weight in front. UCSF Medical Center suggested trying a pelvic rock exercise to ease backaches and to strengthen your lower back muscles. Elevating your feet while sitting also helps.

Reviewed October 14, 2016
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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https://www.ucsfhealth.org/education/coping_with_common_discomforts_of_pregnancy

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